Language Group: Alyawarre
Country: Kurrajong Bore, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen
Subjects: Atwakeye (Bush Orange)
Katie enjoyed painting over 10 years. Her main story was Atwakeye (Bush Orange). She used very fine dots to represent the flowers and seeds of the bush orange. Her younger sisters, Janie and Pauline Morgan are also painters. Katie is the winner of the 2012 City of Hobart Art Prize. She is the only Aboriginal artist who has received this prize.
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
|2012||Winner - City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmania|
Katie paints Merne Atwakeye, known as the bush orange (Capparis mitchellii). Merne means food in Katie's language and atwakeye is the orange. The small compact tree of the wild orange plant is about 3½ m high with dark green leathery leaves. Its creamy white flowers open during the night and wither before the end of the next day. The fruit hang down on long stalks, turning a yellow green tint when ripe. The oranges usually ripen from October through January depending on seasonal conditions.
Katie illustrates the flowers of the bush orange plant and dot work represents the seeds of the bush orange.